Portrait of  Graham Lister Graham Lister

g.s.lister@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471287


Dr Graham Lister is an artist, researcher and Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Illustration Course at the University of Huddersfield.

At the University he is particularly involved in the Contemporary Art and Illustration BA(Hons) Course, within which he leads various taught modules across both theoretical and practical activities. He is the Year Leader for the Final Year undergraduate programme, which culminates with the annual Degree Show on campus.

He also supervises students on the MRes course at the University, who have specific interests relating to fine art, illustration and to practice-based research activities.

Graham is also an Admissions Tutor for the Contemporary Art and Illustration Course.


Graham completed his practice-based PhD, at the Glasgow School of Art in 2015, where he also worked as a long term Visiting Lecturer in the Painting and Printmaking Department and in the Forum for Critical Inquiry (formally Historical and Critical Studies). Graham has an extensive record of group and solo exhibitions across the UK and has recently contributed to a number of Internationally recognised conferences focused on the development of practice-led research. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

He has an MFA from Gray’s School of Art and an MA(Hons) from the University of Glasgow where he studied Art History, with a particular focus on contemporary visual practice. Graham has an established visual arts practice and has exhibited his work nationally over the last 10 years. Most recently, he has worked with the New Glasgow Society, the WASPs Organisation in Scotland and the Veneer Gallery, undertaking solo exhibitions which reflect upon his underlying research interests.

More detailed information regarding Graham's Research interests follow, but as a practitioner, the main areas in which he works relate to painting practice and the ways in which contemporary networked activities can be investigated using painterly methods.


Research and Scholarship

Graham Lister, 'The Portfolio as Testing Ground'

UCAS National Conference, July 2016, Sheffield.


Graham Lister, ‘The Art of Being There – Representational Painting and Visual Spatialisation’

Athens Institute for Education and Research, 5th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, June 2014, Athens, Greece.


Graham Lister, 'Virtually Spatialising the Altermodern Everyday'

Landscapes of Liminality International Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, June 2014


Graham's areas of research expertise relate to practice-based endeavours. Although his own practice can be closely aligned with painting activities, it is the case that his research expertise is wide-ranging and encompasses numerous aspects with the arena of visual communication.

The role of 'thinking through making' is a key facet of Graham's areas of research interests. The ways in which sculptural, illustrative and painterly practices can be applied as methodological tools to better comprehend the world in which we live are what drive his ongoing work. With a teaching pedagogy based on process-based learning, it is the case that academic outputs and visual endeavours are closely linked to the ways in which conceptual concerns can be tested out, refined and adapted through practical activities.


Publications and Other Research Outputs


Lister, G (2014) My Altermodern Everyday: Glasgow - Solo Exhibition - The New Glasgow Society [Show/Exhibition]

Lister, G (2014) ‘‘The Art of Being There – Representational Painting and Visual Spatialisation’’. In: Athens Institute for Education and Research 5th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 2nd-5th June 2014, Athens, Greece , p. 59

Teaching and Professional Activities

Contemporary Art and Illustration BA(Hons)

Final Year Lead

Module Leader – Theory for Contemporary Art and Illustration

Module Leader – Contemporary Practice in Context 1

Module Leader – Research and Development for Contemporary Art and Illustration

Module Leader – Major Project (Final Year)